Join WSU’s Academic Convocation featuring author of ‘Notes from a Young Black Chef’

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the fall 2022 Academic Convocation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at Wilner Auditorium. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Academic Convocation is the official academic welcome for all first-year students. This event celebrates new Shockers’ entry into higher education and inducts them into a community of learners.

This event is free and open to the entire campus community.

This event will feature director of Engagement Naquela Pack, the speaker pro-tempore of the Student Senate and Underserved Senator Gregory VanDyke Jr., and keynote speaker Kwame Onwuachi, author of the 2022 Common Read book “Notes from a Young Black Chef.”

All 2022 University Faculty Award winners will also be recognized at the event. A reception and book signing will immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Ulrich Museum of Art gallery, with an informal question and answer session with Onwuachi at 11:30 a.m. at Shocker Dining Hall.

Space is limited for this event. For additional information and a full list of speakers visit:

To learn more about Wichita State’s Common Read, visit